The Non-Yankee Workshop

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 01-13-2012 08:11 PM 8601 reads 3 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a really simple clock you can make in an afternoon.


Now, a little explanation is in order.

After I posted the finished photo on Facebook a few days ago, a couple of people mentioned that it looked like one that Marc Spagnuolo made. My first thought was one of amusement: I couldn’t imagine Marc making something so simple!

Well, more people mentioned the same thing, then a viewer sent me a link to The Wood Whisperer's video. Yup. Sure enough, back in 2008, Marc made a clock that looks very similar to the one I just made. It is eerie: he used a dark wood for the frame and light wood for the floating center. Mine even has double splines on the corners, just like Marc’s:

So wow. I guess I should familiarize myself with more of Marc’s projects. Perhaps this is a design I’ve seen somewhere before and was in my unconscious mind, just waiting to come out? Well Marc, sorry about the similarity. And an even bigger apology that I haven’t seen all your videos! If I had seen your clock I certainly would have come up with a different project. I’m not in the habit of copying designs to use in my videos. I thought about pulling the video this week, but decided it’s different enough to keep.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 08:20 PM

Great video Steve! Are we missing Norm or David Marks the host of woodworks more?

-- Andrew, Ohio

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 08:21 PM

Very good Pardner!

Good thing ya did there… looks real purdy…

Have a good day… ya hear?!

... I tink I like the one with straight edges around da cluck

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 08:41 PM

I like the new Non-Yankee Workshop! Can’t believe you stole one of Mark Spagnulosimistopinlousink’s projects.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 09:18 PM


If it’s the Non-Yankee Workshop, does that mean it’s the same as
The New Confederate Workshop? LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 09:26 PM

Another entertaining video as usual Steve. Keep em coming. The clock does look familiar though….

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 09:45 PM

Nice project, Steve. I think I like yours better than that other guy. I may borrow this one, but substitute brass rods or tubing for the dowels.

-- jbschutz

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 09:45 PM

Hmmm, Joe, it’s been 151 years and still some bring up that unfortunate misunderstanding between the South and those unfortunate enough to live North of the Mason-Dixon.

It’s about States Rights. Luckily, I live in Texas where as a condition of our statehood we opted to be able to disengage ourselves from the Union at any time and become a separate republic all our own.

Steve… put the numbers and the battery in backwards and sell then to the local bars! Looks Good, I think intelligent minds think along the same lines.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 09:50 PM

Great video and project! Always love your stuff. But I always thought that Charles Neil was the host of the Non-Yankee Workshop? LOL

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 10:16 PM

Hey! On Sunday you were going to recite the Chicago piece about Time…changed ‘you mind boy? Nice thinking on using your band saw.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 10:26 PM

okay think I got it
let me see
saw …check
saw …check
saw …check
saw …check
saw …check

yep plenty of them

wood …
clock ….

sorry ... I can´t copy your project …but I enjoy´d your lesson

take care

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 10:34 PM

Well I like them both and they are really only similar…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 10:38 PM

Hey Stan…yeah, I started my “reading” but it just didn’t feel right and the overall concept just didn’t seem to fit the project. As it turns out, I wish I had kept with it. A couple of YouTube comments suggest that I am making fun of other wooodworkers and southerners: neither of which was my intent at ALL! Ug. Well, this video will give me something to talk about on my year-end show. (Things I wish I could completely re-do!)

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#13 posted 01-13-2012 10:45 PM

Steve- Making fun of southerners? Nope, I don’t see it. BUT…How dare you make fun of woodworkers with mustaches! You’ve gone too far!...

(Can’t please everyone, I guess…)

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#14 posted 01-13-2012 11:23 PM

I was not offended by your accent! I understood everything you said and hope you will continue to use it in all future videos! You need to work on the y’all a bit more, but I appreciate the attempt. Liked the project too!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#15 posted 01-14-2012 12:24 AM

Hey Mike, I lived in Arkansas (Rogers) for two years a long time ago. My in-laws still live right across the border in Oklahoma. I never really could do a good southern accent. I think I sound like Foghorn Leghorn. Oddly, I can’t believe I forgot to include a “Y’all”!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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